Fire Station Doetinchem / Bekkering Adams architects

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Architects: Bekkering Adams architects
Location: Stokhorstweg 1, ,
Design Team: Monica Adams, Juliette Bekkering, Perry Klootwijk, Esther Vlasveld, Frank Venhorst, Zuzana Kuldova, Pia Fischer, Stefania Masuino, Gerard Heerink, Magda Strak
Area: 3,600 sqm
Photographs: Ossip van Duivenbode

Rem Koolhaas’ Current Fascinations: On Identity, Asia, the Biennale, & More

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In this interview, originally published in The Architectural Review, Andrew Mackenzie sits down with founder Rem Koolhaas to discuss the Venice Biennale, the extinction of national identities, his fascination with Asia, the link between De Rotterdam and Delirious New York, and the future of the profession.

Your proposition for this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale asks whether national identity has been, as you say, ‘sacrificed to modernity’. Some might view this as a project of reclamation, not unlike Frampton’s regionalism. How would you differentiate your proposition from Frampton’s?

Well, Kenneth Frampton is a smart guy, but the problem is that he looked at regionalism as an antidote to cosmopolitan development. In so doing he perverted the cause of regionalism, because suddenly regionalism was mobilised as a private cause that it couldn’t sustain. However, the question of national identity is an open one. For instance, at first sight the Netherlands is a very internationalist country, but looking closely you can see an enormous return of, not vernacular, but quasi-vernacular architecture and quasi-old fortresses that are newly built with a national flavour. Look at Zaandam, and that huge assemblage of so-called vernacular buildings.

In OMA’s De Rotterdam, Furniture Transforms 60-meters into Multi-Functional, Versatile Space

’s De Rotterdam, a project 15 years in the making, is designed to maximize the number of functions possible in 44 floors. In addition to shops, hotels and office space, this “vertical city” also contains apartments that use transformable furniture to pack a variety of uses into small spaces. Chairs double as wall art and sofas flip into beds, showing that a 60 square meter apartment is more versatile than we think. 

Developer Wim De Lathauwer explains, ”Why would we only think in quantity of bedrooms and square meters, while many of these spaces are used only sporadically?…In we are simply not used to this way of thinking. De Rotterdam is the ideal project when it comes to maximizing the joy of every square meter. We deal with an audience who understands this and yearns for this extra quality. Even in the large apartments the office, wardrobe- and guest room are combined in one space. Actually, it is very logical.” You can see the dynamic furniture, designed by Clei Italia, in the video below. 

Read more about The Netherlands’ largest building here

Landlust ‘Care Farm’ / Architectenbureau K2

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Architects: Architectenbureau K2
Location: ,
Design Team: Jan-Richard Kikkert, Judith Korpershoek, Peik Li Pang, Surya Steijlen
Area: 2,175 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Sjaak Henselmans, Monique Hagendoorn, Architectenbureau k2

The Berlage Public Events Spring 2014

The Berlage Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design have announced their public events for Spring 2014. The public events are part of The Good Life series, a multi-format program exploring the relationship of the built environment to collective pursuits, personal aspirations, and the contemporary world. It aims to reveal how—on different scales and in various cultural contexts—architecture and urban design can contribute and enrich societal livelihood.”

The lectures start this Friday, February 21 with Deane Simpson. March speakers include Hilde Heynen, Georges Teyssot, Sébastien Marot (who will also be giving a Master Class), Nicholas De Monchaux and Zeuler Lima. The Good Life series will continue on April and May with lectures by Jesse Lecavalier, Nicola Twilley, Daan Roosegaarde, Mirko Zardini, and Adriaan Geuze. Spring lectures will finish June 12 with Kengo Kuma.

For more information regarding each event, you can go to ’s official website.

Title: The Berlage Public Events Spring 2014
Website: http://www.theberlage.nl/events/calendar
Organizers: The Berlage
From: Fri, 14 Feb 2014
Until: Thu, 12 Jun 2014
Venue: The Berlage
Address: Julianalaan 134, Technische Universiteit , 2628 BL , The Netherlands

BIG, Kengo Kuma Among Four Visions Unveiled for ARTA Cultural Center in Arnhem

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Four international teams have unveiled their shortlisted proposals in the final leg of a highly anticipated competition to design a new “cultural hotspot” on the edge of the Rhine. ArtA, the “catchy” new name of what was previously known as “The Arts Cluster,” is part of a larger redevelopment project for the City of which aims to reconnect the southern district of Rijnboog with its waterfront and establish a new home for the Focus Film Theatre and Museum

A sneak peak of the shortlisted proposals, after the break…

The Elastic Perspective / NEXT Architects

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Architects: NEXT Architects
Location: Buitenpolikliniek Carnisselande, Middeldijkerplein 36, DL ,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Sander Meisner

House in Uitdam / Korteknie Stuhlmacher Architecten

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Architects: Korteknie Stuhlmacher Architecten
Location: ,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Moritz Bernoully

Rebel House / Atelier van Wengerden

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Architects: Atelier van Wengerden
Location: Almere,
Area: 77 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Yvonne Brandwijk

Erasmus Pavilion / Powerhouse Company + DeZwarteHond

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Architects: Powerhouse Company + DeZwarteHond
Location: , The Netherlands
Project Leader: Stefan Prins
Partners In Charge: Nanne de Ru, Willem Hein Schenk
Area: 1,800 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Christian van der Kooy, Rene de Wit

Material Inspiration: 10 Projects Inspired by Glass

To celebrate the launch of ArchDaily Materials, our new product catalog, we’ve rounded up 10 awesome projects from around the world that were inspired by one material: . Check out the projects after the break…

Mirror House, Almere / Johan Selbing + Anouk Vogel

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Architects: Johan Selbing, Anouk Vogel
Location: De Eenvoud, Almere,
Area: 120 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jeroen Musch

OASE #91: “Building Atmosphere” With Peter Zumthor and Juhani Pallasmaa

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In OASE’s 91st editionBuilding Atmospheres, the elusive craft of creating, capturing and understanding ‘atmosphere’ in architecture is explored in a carefully chosen collection of themed essays by Peter ZumthorJuhani Pallasmaa and philosopher Gernot Böhme. Zumthor, famous for his 1996 text Atmospheres, identifies and discusses “a series of themes that play a role in his work in achieving architectonic atmosphere”. Alongside this, the OASE team have visited his studio and interviewed him about the current relevance of his writing and how he captures ‘atmosphere’ in his design process. 

AD Interviews: Ben van Berkel, UNStudio on London’s Canaletto Tower

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ArchDaily recently spoke to Ben van Berkel, co-founder and principal architect at UNStudio, an international network of specialists in architecture, urban development and infrastructure based in the Netherlands. The office, which was founded in 1988, has completed projects around the world ranging from Rotterdam’s Erasmus Bridge to the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart. With over 81 built projects, and 54 currently in progress (including Raffles City in Hangzhou and Scotts Tower in Singapore), London’s Canaletto Tower (which is due to be completed in 2015) marks the practice’s first major project in the .

VIDEO: Bunker 599 / RAAAF + Atelier de Lyon

Bunker 599, one of 700 secret bunkers that were used to weaponize artificial hydrology in during the 19th century (see: New Dutch Waterline), recently underwent a radical transformation. RAAAF [Rietveld Architecture-Art-Affordances], in collaboration with Atelier de Lyon, sliced through the seemingly indestructible bunker to link visitors to an existing network of footpaths, create a publicly accessible attraction to those revisiting the NDW, and form a dramatic connection with the flooded plains that were altered more than 200 years ago.

The video above takes you through the process of altering the monolith, ending with film of the stunning result that has been attracting thousands of daily visitors since its completion. To learn more about the project, follow this link.

Villa Sterk / Inbo

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Architects: Inbo
Location: Bontebok,
Design Team: Eerde Schippers, Olof Schonewille, Fokke de Vries
Area: 470 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Auke van der Weide

Museum de Fundatie / Bierman Henket architecten

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Architects: Bierman Henket architecten
Location: Blijmarkt, ,
Architect In Charge: Bierman Henket architecten
Year: 2013
Photographs: Joep Jacobs

Fries Museum / Bierman Henket architecten

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Architects: Bierman Henket architecten
Location: Zaailand, ,
Architect In Charge: Bierman Henket architecten
Collaborator: Bonnema Architecten
Year: 2013
Photographs: Michel Kievits